Everton U18s 1 - 1 Manchester City U18s
Everton U18s take on Manchester City at Finch Farm today.
The Citizens finished top of the U18 Premier League (North Division) last season and went on to defeat Fulham in the National Final last May. Although the highlight for Everton youngsters last season was a fantastic FA Youth Cup 4th Round triumph over Manchester City with a 97th-minute winner from Luke Butterfield back in April.
The task today will likely be just as hard; it's been 4 years since Everton U18s last won this fixture, and that was quite a game where the Royal Blues came out on top with 5 goals to 3, Anthony Gordon scoring 2 of those goals.
Kick-off today is at 11 am, with a new name added on the bench: Johnson Opawale.
Much of the early play saw each side trying to establish control, with the visitors doing better in terms of possession and providing some good tests for the Everton defence, where Mathew Mallon excelled. He even got forward to cross well, winning Everton's first corner.
City went ahead from the penalty spot just before the half-hour after Campbell had brought a player down on the right side of the penalty area. And that's how the score stayed through half-time.
Everton made a couple of changes just after the hour mark and were able to draw level against the run of play on 77 minutes when great work by Issac Hatch saw Coughlan feed a nice through ball that Martin Sherif converted.
Everton came very close to winning it after Sherif fought hard to win a long clearance and it looked like the ball was bobbling into the goal when it was cleared off the line by a City defender.
City won a dangerous free-kick in the last minute, but it was easy pickings for Jak Stewart in the Everton goal, and a good result against the U18 Champions.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Campbell, Mallon [Y:91'], Tierney, Metcalfe, Wilson, Jagne (61' Coughlan), Apter (62' Ebere (79' Smikle-James)), Heath, Manafa, Sherif.
Subs not Used: Jensen, Opawole
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1 Posted 21/08/2021 at 11:09:52
The Everton U18s v Man City match is Live on Man City website, it's of course £2 for the month [remember to cancel your subscription right away or you will get charged after that month], or free if its the 1st time you have used City TV.
2 Posted 21/08/2021 at 11:32:51
3 Posted 21/08/2021 at 11:55:53
0-1 half time.
4 Posted 21/08/2021 at 11:59:47
5 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:18:43
6 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:30:15
7 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:31:39
Just think: Everton, a big club, make available to their enthusiastic and knowledgable supporters live streaming coverage of Academy Development games... now wouldn't that be just marvellous?
No, we're too busy doing charity work and dwelling forever over the dead and gone, to the point where we put up a photo of Anne Frank, much to the puzzlement, derision and horror of virtue signallers all over the internet...
Call ourselves a football club?
8 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:32:06
Better from us last few minutes.
9 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:33:10
Got a good close-up of him just then, taking that throw-in.
10 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:37:08
11 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:37:47
Thanks Phil / Michael, I'll keep an eye on this thread to see how they're getting on.
12 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:38:12
Great work by Issac Heath to steal it from the keeper, Coughlan played in a good ball and Sherif finished it with a neat clip.
13 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:39:47
14 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:43:25
15 Posted 21/08/2021 at 12:45:46
16 Posted 21/08/2021 at 13:07:28
17 Posted 21/08/2021 at 13:21:12
Tierney's name seems to be featuring a bit on these reports.
18 Posted 21/08/2021 at 18:44:29
He looks like he can form a good partnership with Eli Campbell, although I believe Wilson is also a centre back so may give them a challenge.
Tierney certainly through his body in to make a number of tackles and blocks. It will be interesting to see how he progresses, and as ever physical size can be a key determiner for young centre-backs.
19 Posted 23/08/2021 at 12:00:21
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